...same as the old website. Well, not really. This is a significant upgrade in codebase from the old website, offering improved features and design.
As to features, the most noticeable will be that the site is 'responsive'. That is, it automatically adjusts to whatever size screen--from smart phone to tablet to computer--you happen to view it on. This should make using it on a daily basis much simpler. Further, restricted material is password-protected by a single password, which means students need not have an account on the site to access those pages. They just need a password, provided by their professor.
As to design, the site attempts to strike a balance between promoting/advertising philosophy--the only reason the administration can conceive for having a website, which is why the university website is managed not under academics but under marketing--and ease of access to program and course related materials, including readings, handouts, etc--academic and scholarly purposes, that is to say. To be sure, the front page leans towards promotions. The top navigation bar, however, provides quick access to the whole of the site.
Please note that this is a complete rebuild of the old website, which means that pages have to be manually transferred over, updated, and rebuilt. This will be an ongoing process, and you may discover some dead links here and there as we work to build it out and expand its usefulness.